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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

THIRTIETH TALK            611



Of course people alPknow these thing's really, only
somehow they do not put them into practice. It fe
the old story; it was*so in the time of Christ, judging
at least by what he said. He spoke strongly about
the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, who paid tithes
in mint and cummin and anise, that is to say th^y
were very particular about those outer religious duties
because they were ordered to pay a tithe on all that
they had, they took even these little things which cor-
respond to pepper and salt and gave a tiny fragment
of a pinch, so that they might be on the right side, and
yet entirely forgot justice and mercy and faith.
There are Scribes and Pharisees still, you know.
People are very punctilious about outer duties, but
forget that the* really important matters are these
inner things.

I do not want to say anything against the popular
religion of the time ; but we have suffered very much
from this dreadful Sunday theory of setting apart a
particular day on which to he religious. It has very
distinctly led people to be irreligious. It must have
been intended to make sure that one day at least
should be taken apart from ordinary business and
wholly devoted to religion. The practical working of
that is that religion has come to be relegated from all
the rest .of the life of the week. I have noticed that
the people who do not keep Sunday, Hindus, Buddh-
ists, Muhaftunadans have religion permeating the
whole of their lives in a way which you do not see at